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May 11, 2013 2:30 PM BST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ G. Perl‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
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22′ Ivan Perisic
Marco Reus 84′
26′ Naldo
Marco Reus 87′

Wolfsburg-Borussia Dortmund Preview: BVB looking to tie up second position

Jurgen Klopp's deposed Bundesliga champions need just one point to ensure that they will end the season in the top-two for the third consecutive season

By Tom Webber

Jurgen Klopp - Borussia Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund only need a single from their trip to the Volkswagen Arena to face Wolfsburg in order to secure the runners-up position in the Bundesliga.

However, with one eye on the Champions League final against domestic rivals Bayern Munich later this month, Jurgen Klopp may well rotate his squad for the fixture.

Felipe Santana will remain at the heart of defence but will this time feature alongside Mats Hummels rather than Neven Subotic, who played the 1-1 draw with the Bavarian giants last weekend.

Youngsters Leonardo Bittencourt and Moritz Leitner will be given rare starts while Marco Reus replacing Robert Lewandowski gives Julian Schieber the chance to lead the line. Mario Gotze is unlikely to feature until the final due to injury.

Wolfsburg are only expected to make one change after sharing the spoils with Hamburg last week as Simon Kjaer begins ahead of Robin Knoche at centre-back.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wolfsburg have only managed to take all three points in one of their last seven home games.
  • The Wolves were victorious when the two sides met earlier this season. Naldo, Diego and Bas Dost were on target in a 3-2 triumph.
  • Edin Dzeko scored a double the last time Wolfsburg tasted victory at home against Saturday's opponents. Grafite also found the net in a 3-0 in the Bundesliga-winning campaign of 2008-09.
  • One point for Borussia Dortmund will secure a top-two finish for the third consecutive season.
  • Robert Lewandowski, who is expected to be given a rest this weekend, is currently the joint-highest scoring player in the Bundesliga with 23 goals.
  • Marco Reus (pictured, right) is one of four BVB players to have accumulated more goals this season than Wolfsburg's top scorers, Ivica Olic and Diego.


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Available Squads
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
25NaldoDefender
31Robin KnocheDefender
34Ricardo RodriguezDefender
6Slobodan MedojevicMidfielder
8VieirinhaStriker
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
21Diego RibasMidfielder
15Makoto HasebeMidfielder
29Jan PolakMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
4Marcel SchäferDefender
17Alexander MadlungDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
15Christian TräschMidfielder
27Maximilian ArnoldMidfielder
12Bas DostStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Ivica Olic
Ivica Olic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
29 13 2 0
The Croatia striker is finally hitting a bit of form after his summer move from Bayern Munich and will be itching to get one over on his old side's arch rivals on Saturday.
Julian Schieber
Julian Schieber
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
10 0 0 0
The former Stuttgart man was in disappointing form last week against Bayern Munich but, with Robert Lewandowski set to be rested, he will be all the more eager to prove himself to Jurgen Klopp.
Prediction
Borussia Dortmund were hampered against Wolfsburg last time out by Marcel Schmelzer's controversial red card and, short of a repeat performance from the officials, should be able to see off their hosts at the Volkswagen Arena.
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern Munich
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5